People previous, on just plan basic cable, i beleive still could grandfather it on.. only using analog signals.
But with the removal of these signals, this will be gone very shortly, and they will need to use a device called a DTA at min to receive even whats available on analog.
For a new user, the most basic you can get now, is the digital TV package, at least from the site, says that it requires a digital box, so may require at least one digital box rental/purchase.. you could still for the time being use other TVs on analog with no box for now, but you would be limited in the channel lineup and analog channels are being removed regularily now it seems.
Except you're wrong. I'm currently watching the news on my brand new basic cable analog service with no STB or digital adapter. I just signed up 2 weeks ago for a promotion that they offered Rogers Extreme internet subscribers ($9.99 / mth for 12 months - no contract). It's available and widely available; just not promoted for obvious reasons.
So the part about the digital package being the most basic available service is untrue.
Yeah, the really dont want to promote it, as compareatively it is severely gimped as there are already missing channels, and a few more disapearing this weekend.
It may only be promotional, to internet subsribers, etc as well, an average user just wanting TV only may not have access to it, etc.
(as well that price, is likely promotional.. IF it is available outside the promotion, it may be more $$ as well)
I believe you're right. It is only a promotional package. Having said that though, the quality is absolutely deplorable (as expected mind you) but I've set up an A/B switch that will let me alternate between that and my OTA setup (Mohu Leaf - about 8 HD channels) when local channels are all I require. The quality of that picture is simply outstanding. Even in our bedroom on our relatively base model 720p 42" Panasonic, it's quite nice. I can't even imagine what it would like on a $2000+ 1080p [insert high end brand here] flat panel.
I also received my DTA 50 digital adapter on Friday from Rogers for free which I thought I was a nice gesture seeing as they were under no obligation to do so. We'll give this setup a couple of weeks to appease my parents (they live in our completely renovated basement suite). I feel badly for them. They don't exactly have the technical know-how to run an OTA/streaming/HTPC setup like I do, so cable really is their only option. If it isn't enough I'll probably just end up biting the bullet and bumping up their service to something a little more robust from Rogers.
Channel 47 Peachtree TV just disappeared this week. What other channels are scheduled to go soon? You mentioned something earlier.
Aha.. took me a bit. Found it on the back of my cable services bill for Dec.
Looks like for Feb, the scheduled ones are Peechtree TV and Food Network.
It says, please refer to your bill for any futer channel impacts.. so i am GUESSING they will annouce any other changes on the bills?
If you were to move into an apartment that has Rogers' ~60 channels already, can you get an adapter? Or will some other converter work?
And only those labelled D in the guide channel would have improved quality?